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Adult Friendship

by Blieszner Rosemary and Adams Rebecca SAGE Publications, Inc
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How we assess our youngest children is a vital part of early years practice. This book offers a clear explanation of the role of assessment in the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and step-by-step guidance for those working with children from Birth to Five on making and recording observations in practice. Key elements of the book include: - using assessment to support learning and development - misunderstandings and myths about assessment - detailed guidance on the age two progress check - developing an evidence-based understanding of assessment - what constitutes effective assessment in early years settings - case studies and practical examples to illustrate key points. Online material on the Early Excellence website for use with the book includes: - video material - free access to selected SAGE journal articles - an 'ask the author' facility. Jan Dubiel is National Development Co-ordinator for Early Excellence; he has extensive experience as a practitioner and national adviser.

Introduction: Reclaiming Assessment
Why Is Assessment Important?
What Are the Purposes of Assessment?
Significances and Signifiers of Child Development
The Intuitive Professional
Establishing Eight Principles for Effective Early Years Assessment
Assessment in Practice
Assessment in the Early Years Foundation Stage
The Two-Year-Old Progress Check
The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile

The book has a strong appeal to practitioners who strive for a clear and secure professional stance. Readers are invited to think about the potential of assessment, the role that (changing) values play in all of this and how to do children justice. Ulrike Hohmann, Plymouth Institute of Education, Plymouth University
Jan Dubiel is the National Development Manager at Early Excellence and works as part of the team to support early years practitioners and settings in all aspects of practice and provision. Having trained as an Early Years specialist, Jan worked as a Nursery, Reception and Year 1 teacher in schools across the country, leading teams as an Early Years Co-ordinator. Following roles as an Early Years Consultant and Senior Adviser, he was appointed by then then Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) to lead on the management of the (Early Years) Foundation Stage Profile, and had national responsibility for its implementation and moderation, developing guidance and support materials and working at a strategic level with policy makers. Jan has developed a national and international reputation as a conference speaker, consultant and trainer and he has written widely on different aspects of Early Years pedagogy.